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2019 World Series of Poker

Event #61: COLOSSUS - $400 No-Limit Hold'em
Dias: 1a
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Prize Pool
Informações sobre o nível
5,000,000 / 10,000,000

Bubble Bursts to End Colossus Day 1a; 750+ Players Advance

Nível 18 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Amador Trinidad
Amador Trinidad

The first of two starting flights of the fifth edition of the Colossus attracted 5,238 entrants and were initially scheduled to play 16 levels. However, tournament officials decided that the tournament would play to the money instead, and after 18 levels the money was reached.

A little over 13 hours after they started, a maximum of 786 players bagged up for Day 2 all safely assured a min-cash of $600. That's a maximum because players were given the opportunity to surrender the stacks should they want to play Day 1b tomorrow.

The chip leader is not confirmed, but several players bagged close to or in excess of a million. Amador Trinidad (1,012,000), Marc Korner (937,000) and William Blais (930,000) were among the big stacks left at the end of play.

Popular Indian poker player Kunal Patni (849,000), former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer (850,000) and bracelet winners Ylon Schwartz (475,000) and Loni Harwood (101,000) are also safely through to Day 2.

Greg Raymer is through to Day 2 of the Colossus
Greg Raymer is through to Day 2 of the Colossus

Day 1a Recap

With a 10 a.m. start time, it took a few levels for some of the bigger names to make their way into the Colossus field, but there were still plenty of famous faces around.

Maurice Hawkins, Gaelle Baumann, Maria Konnikova, Chris Moneymaker, Dan Heimiller and Men Nguyen all played and busted and will have to make it through to Day 1b if they want to make it to Day 2.

The eliminations continued with former WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Laplante, Scott Davies and Belgian player Pierre Neuville all missing out on a min-cash before the bubble burst to end the evening.

Tomorrow's Day 1b kicks off at 10 a.m. giving players a second chance to make it through to Day 2. Stay tuned to PokerNews as we bring you all the live updates from the 2019 WSOP.

Tags: Chris MoneymakerDan HeimillerGaelle BaumannGreg RaymerKunal PatniLoni HarwoodMarc KornerMaria KonnikovaMen NguyenPierre NeuvilleRyan LaplanteScott DaviesWilliam BlaisYlon Schwartz

Flashback: 2016 Colossus Winner Ben Keeline

Nível 12 : 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
2016 Colossus Champion Ben Keeline
2016 Colossus Champion Ben Keeline

The second instalment of the Colossus was held in 2016 and attracted 21,613 entries, the second most in live tournament poker history behind the inaugural running of the tournament.

This huge field generated a prize pool of $10,806,500 and at the end of it all, Ben Keeline was the man to take down the title, the bracelet and $1,000,000.

"I’m elated. I can’t even think about what this means, not just the money, but the gold bracelet," said Keeline. "This is something I could not have imagined would happen just a few days ago. Sure, I thought it could happen and I thought I could win if I played well, but to have it go the way it went, well – that’s more than I express how I feel right now."

Since 2016, Keeline has continued to grind away on the WSOP Circuit. Earlier this summer he finished fourth in Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $133,306, his biggest cash since taking down the Colossus three years ago.

Ben Keeline
Ben Keeline

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Schwartz Over 200,000

Nível 11 : 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Ylon Schwartz earlier this summer
Ylon Schwartz earlier this summer

Ylon Schwartz was well over 200,000 and bet 5,700 on a {7-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{a-Spades}{2-Spades} turn. His opponent check-called and checked the {2-Clubs} river to him.

Schwartz ultimately checked back and was shown {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} which was good enough to take down the pot.

Schwartz still sits on around 240,000 in chips.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Ylon Schwartz us
Ylon Schwartz
240,000 200,000
WSOP 1X Winner

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Aldridge Takes a "Story" to the Rail

Nível 8 : 400/800, 800 ante
Ken Aldridge earlier this summer
Ken Aldridge earlier this summer

The flop of {4-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{7-Spades} was checked by both Ken Aldridge and an opponent. Aldridge checked the {2-Spades} turn and his opponent bet 1,600. Aldridge check-raised to 5,000.

His opponent eyed Aldridge's stack before moving all in. Aldridge thought for a moment.

"At least I'll have a story to tell," he said before calling with {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}

He was up against the {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flopped set of his opponent, who improved to a full house on the {2-Hearts} river.

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Ken Aldridge us
Ken Aldridge
WSOP 1X Winner

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Flashback: 2015 Colossus Winner Cord Garcia

Nível 5 : 200/400, 400 ante
Inaugural Colossus Champion Cord Garcia
Inaugural Colossus Champion Cord Garcia

Back in 2015, the inaugural 'Colossus' became the largest tournament in live poker history, attracting 22,374 entrants creating a staggering $11,187,000 (the largest in any live poker event under $5,000 buy-in).

By the time the tournament had reached the final table, Aditya Prasetyo was the chip leader with around a third of the chips in play, with Kenny Hallaert and Ray Henson also part of the final nine.

However, in the end, it was Cord Garcia who took down the tournament, winning his first WSOP bracelet and a cool $638,880 to go with it.

"I feel accomplished. I feel satisfied. Obviously, you can't ever picture winning a 22,000 person tournament," he told PokerNews at the time. "It is my breakthrough, but at the same time I know I'm capable of doing as good, better or bigger things."

Since 2015, Garcia has added a second WSOP Circuit ring to his collection and has already had a deep run here at the 2019 WSOP, finishing third in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship.

Cord Garcia earlier this summer
Cord Garcia earlier this summer

Tags: Aditya PrasetyoCord GarciaKenny HallaertRay Henson

Event #61: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em Begins Today

Roberly Felicio
Roberly Felicio

One of the larger events of the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will fill the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Wednesday morning with the fifth installment of The Colossus set to kick off at 10 a.m. local time in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Event #61: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em has become one of the signature tournaments of the WSOP for the past four years with the field reaching as much as 22,374 back in its inaugural event in 2015.

A few changes have been made to The Colossus this year, aside from the buy-in. This year, there will be only two starting days, with the first kicking off at 10:00 a.m. local time today. Day 1's will play 16 levels, each lasting 40 minutes, with 20-minute breaks every three levels. Late registration will be open until the start of Level 13, allowing one re-entry per player, per flight. Players will receive a 75-minute dinner break after the ninth level which will be approximately 4:40 p.m. local time.

Another change to The Colossus involves players' starting stacks. Players will begin with 40,000 in chips compared to the 5,000 in previous years. Blinds will start at 100/100 and will end when they are 3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 big blind ante. Anyone able to survive the first 16 levels of The Colossus and bag a stack will return for Day 2 action slated for 11 a.m. Friday, June 28th.

Last year, a top prize of $1,000,000 was guaranteed to its victor Roberly Felicio who bested a field of 13,070 hopefuls to join the prestigious club that includes; 2017 winner,Thomas Pomponio, 2016 winner, Ben Keeline, and the inaugural title-holder, Cord Garcia, in 2015. The size of the field has shrunk since its inception but the top-prize has grown. Felicio, Pomponio, and Keeline were benefactors of the guaranteed first-place prize while Garcia's cut of the debut year's prizepool was $638,880.

Past Results:

YearWinnerEntriesFirst-Place Prize
2015Cord Garcia22,374$638,880
2016Ben Keeline21,613$1,000,000
2017Thomas Pomponio18,054$1,000,000
2018Roberly Felicio13,070$1,000,000

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Tags: Ben KeelineCord GarciaRoberly FelicioThomas Pomponio